Duo to collaborate on mountaineer tale

Fox Searchlight and Danny Boyle have firmed plans to make their next collaboration “127 Hours,” a film that tells the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston.

Boyle will direct the film, with production to begin next year for a late 2010 release. Pic is financed and distributed by Searchlight in partnership with Pathe.

Boyle has written a treatment, and Simon Beaufoy is in talks to write the script, and Christian Colson will produce. That would mean a reunion of the creative team and the financiers behind “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won eight Oscars.

Ralston’s right forearm got pinned for nearly five days under a boulder during a climb in Utah in May 2003. He used a dull knife to amputate the limb, then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before running into a family that gave him water and food. He was finally rescued by helicopter.

The pic marks Boyle’s fifth collaboration with Fox Searchlight, following “Slumdog Millionaire” (which the distributor picked up from Warner Bros.), “Sunshine,” “28 Days Later” and “Millions.” Boyle directed “A Life Less Ordinary” and “The Beach” at 20th.

Boyle is now looking for an actor to play Ralston, a plum job considering he’s alone for most of the film.

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